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Schlesser, Nick Century Farm 1878-1978


Posted By: Linda Ziemann, volunteer (email)
Date: 8/9/2010 at 20:04:03

CENTURY FARM 1878-1978


[Photograph caption: Nick Puhl, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Puhl, of rural Struble, accepts the Century Farm award on behalf of his mother, Roseen M. Schlesser Puhl. Presenting the award is Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Robert Lounsberry and Iowa Farm Bureau president, Dean Kleckner. The award was made Aug. 25, at the Iowa State Fair.

Receiving the Century Farm award at the 1978 Iowa State Fair were three Plymouth County farms.

Nick Puhl, 16, was present to receive the award for his mother, Roseen M. Schlesser Puhl. The farm has been in the Schlesser family since 1860. Mrs. Puhl is the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Nick Schlesser.

The Century Farm marker is in metal, and nearly 200 Iowa farm families were presented these markers during the annual event.

To qualify as a Century Farm, the land must have been owned by the same family for at least 100 years with the present owner related to a person who owned the land 100 years ago. The farm must be at least 40 acres.

The Century Farms program began in 1976 when over 5,000 certificates and farm markers were distributed across Iowa at local ceremonies. The program continued in 1977 with over 70 certificates and farm markers being distributed.

The overwhelming response during the past three years has insured the programís continuation in future years.

Applications for the 1979 Century Farm program may be obtained from any county extension office, county Farm Bureau office or by contacting the Iowa Department of Agriculture, Henry A. Wallace Building, Des Moines, Iowa 50319 (phone 515/281-5736)

~Source: LeMars Daily Sentinel, Thursday, September 28, 1978


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